art reviews

Arts pick: hope and adaptation

Arts pick: hope and adaptation

Today’s arts pick is a study in hope and adaptation. The main focus is a familiar object, a provider of amusement and happiness that connotes idyllic summer days and blissful childhood memories. The subject’s color–a cool, refreshing blue–reinforces its mission by evoking the water that fills it and provides relief to wilted urban dwellers. Sadly, […]

Arts pick: downward spiral

Arts pick: downward spiral

Today’s arts pick is another outdoor installation, this one representing the downward spiral of a once-useful object into a total state of degradation. The piece, an item designed to protect and aid vision, has been debased in a myriad of ways, and the artist uses every means at his disposal to emphasize its pitiful condition. […]

Arts Pick: ambiguous separation

Arts Pick: ambiguous separation

Today’s arts pick is an extremely dark and haunting piece. The predominant theme of the installation is, of course, the angst of modern day isolation. By depicting a common article that is well-known as half of a pair, the artist ensures that his work immediately evokes a sense of ambiguous disconnection. The viewer is instantly […]

Duchamp homage

Duchamp homage

An astute reader added some commentary to Tuesday’s water fountain art review: …considering it is a signed receptacle of water with a drain, it may be a homage to Marcel Duchamp’s urinal (Oh knowledgeable blog mistress, please find a photo of the infamous urinal, 1917, and paste it in). She’s right–I overlooked the Duchamp connection! […]

Arts pick: yellow scrawl

Arts pick: yellow scrawl

In celebration of the spring weather, today’s arts pick is an outdoor installation. One’s natural tendency is to decipher the image being presented. Do the bold, yellow strokes represent an abstract piece, or is there some underlying symbolism (perhaps the artist’s initials)? This question is irrelevant. Far more important are the placement of the painting […]

Arts pick: homogeneous blend

Arts pick: homogeneous blend

Today’s arts pick is located in Northern Liberties, a Philadelphia neighborhood known for its artistic residents. To the untrained eye, the simplicity of this piece is deceptive–one may be tempted to question its substance and value. Look closely, however, and you’ll begin to appreciate this unknown artist. White is his color of choice, simultaneously conveying […]